Hotel Marchionni is the ideal departing point to visit Versilia as well as the whole Tuscany. Culture, daily life, leisure and nature. One should not forget the proximity of beautiful art cities such as Lucca, Pisa, Cinque Terre, Florence, Siena, all reachable in short time.
Hotel Marchionni is located in Viareggio, the Italian municipality with the largest population, after the capital of the Province of Lucca in Tuscany.
The city was born in the first half of the sixteenth century and was the only outlet to the sea for the Republic of Lucca. Since then, the symbol and the centerpiece of Viareggio is the Matilde Tower, built by the Senate of Lucca in 1550 to counter the incursions of the Moors.
Besides, being appreciated as a seaside resort, Viareggio is renowned worldwide for the Carnival, whose key feature is made up of Chariots that parade along the famous Boardwalk and Promenade on which dominate huge papier-mâché caricatures.
The relation between the Carnival of Viareggio and art has always been very tight, as evidenced by the numerous artists including Umberto Bonetti, the creator of Burlamacco, the official character of the event since 1930.
Although the city lost much of its historical and artistic heritage during the Second World War, you may find interesting architecture and monuments. Notable Art Nouveau architecture, and eclectic deco designed by famous artists such as Galileo Chini, Alfredo Belluomini and Ugo Giusti. The area most monumental and with artistic settings, quality and quantity of buildings of architectural interest, are the promenade and Avenues nearby the sea.
Today, Viareggio is also an active industrial center of crafts, especially in the field of shipbuilding, it’s also quite famous for fishing and floriculture.
Among the major awards and events for which the city is known there are the Literary Prize Viareggio Répaci, established in 1929, the Premio Viareggio Sports established in 1985 and the World Cup Tournament Carnival of Viareggio, established in 1949, the Festival Gaber, in memory of Giorgio Gaber, attended by prominent artists of the Italian music scene (since 2004).
Viareggio is also the birthplace of many famous people, among which the director Mario Monicelli, the coach of the Italian national football team won the 2006 World Cup Marcello Lippi and actors Marco Columbro and Stefania Sandrelli.